The OnePlus Nord was one of the most talked about smartphones in recent months, with OnePlus finally officially announcing this device last Tuesday. The hype was huge, with the brand itself carrying out a very interesting promotion strategy, with a dedicated Instagram account and several collaborations with youtubers.
This ended up undoubtedly becoming a well anticipated smartphone, due to the Chinese brand’s promise to bring to the market an accessible terminal with great arguments, in the style of what OnePlus did when it arrived at the mobile market with the OnePlus One.
The reception for OnePlus Nord was very positive and the device has indeed good arguments, especially considering its base price of 419 euros in Portugal. There are, however, some who are still not convinced of the real value of the new OnePlus and thus, we will start to list 5 characteristics that put Nord ahead of the competition.
AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate
In 2020, these are two very common features in high-end smartphones, some of which increase the refresh rate to 120Hz and, even more rarely, to 144Hz.
In fact, there are some terminals in the mid-range that offer this type of technology, such as the Realme X50 5G, a mid-range smartphone with a 90Hz refresh rate screen that shares many of its components with the OnePlus Nord.
However, in this price range there is a certain division, with some brands choosing to include an AMOLED screen in their mid-range terminals, such as the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite.
For this reason, Nord is currently the only mid-range smartphone in 2020 to host both types of technology, with its 6.44-inch screen and Full HD + resolution, benefiting from the image quality that an AMOLED screen offers, but also fluidity of use characteristic of a screen with a refresh rate of 90Hz.
OnePlus Nord has optimized software
One of the main reasons for many Android users to choose this brand is software optimization. With the Android operating system, several brands bring their own interfaces to their terminals, some of which are loaded with features that are not always to the user’s liking.
OnePlus remains faithful to the base of the operating system, with its OxygenOS interface instilling only a few small utilities into smartphones, which makes the user experience very close to the pure form of the Android system.
Thanks to this, OnePlus devices are highly cherished by fans of this operating system, and the company promises that OnePlus Nord will receive the same treatment as the other devices. In addition, at least 2 years of operating system updates are promised, as well as 3 years of security updates, which will only be surpassed by iPhone SE.
Main camera with optical image stabilization
Another very common feature in premium devices, this is a way to keep the main photo sensor of the device balanced during image capture. Its usefulness is especially noticeable when we want to capture photos in low light scenarios or in the way the image is less blurred in videos that benefit from this technology.
Most of the mid-range terminals do not offer this feature, which is very useful for those who resort a lot to their smartphone cameras, except for the new iPhone SE, which starts at 499 euros (80 euros more than Nord), which is also an advantage of the new OnePlus, which guarantees this system in the main camera of its four rear camera module.
Dual selfie camera is a big strong point
Several companies have tried to offer more than a front camera, with several features for these. The cutout that is now customary in the terminals to house these sensors is, however, a problem, since the more cameras are located on the face of the device, the greater the cutout and space to steal from the screen (see Huawei P40 Pro).
OnePlus still opted for the utility of offering two front cameras, the main one being a 32MP sensor capable of recording 4K video at 60FPS, an unusual feature in mid-range terminals.
And as if that were not already a good advantage over the competition, Nord offers a second sensor, an 8MP wide-angle, which will be ideal for group selfies in places with little space.
Up to 12 GB of RAM will make the OnePlus Nord the perfect investment
In recent years we have found that the memory of devices is a number with a tendency to grow dramatically. The numbers are easy to add, with marks already reaching 16 GB of RAM, although any high-end device is quite capable with 4 or 6 GB of RAM.
There are, however, considerable advantages to having a lot of memory on the smartphone, with multitasking at the head. More memory allows the device to keep more tasks running simultaneously and benefits from the fluidity with which the smartphone can be used.
While several mid-range arrive with 6 or 8 GB of RAM, in the best cases, OnePlus comes with a 12 GB RAM configuration, something unmatched in the current mid-range of 2020. With this memory, there is also an always useful addition to storage, which amounts to 256 GB of internal memory.
The price is also another number that rises in this configuration, amounting to 519 euros. Still, it is a positive point that the company offers an option with more memory, not limited to increasing the storage capacity.